Connecticut Sees ‘Red’ After Horrific Home-Invasion Murders

October 21, 2010 04:33

Blue-state Connecticut has undergone a jolting metamorphosis over the past three years, with potential ramifications for the Senate contest between Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal.

By David Paulin at American Thinker


Many residents have become a lot more like red-state Texans than blue-state New Englanders. Now, they’re enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty and are fond of handguns and shotguns. It’s all due to a horrific home invasion in 2007 in the affluent town of Cheshire, a New Haven suburb.

Interestingly, the Cheshire Murders have repeatedly overshadowed Connecticut politics — putting anti-death penalty Democrats on the defensive. Democrat lawmakers in May 2009 revealed themselves to be out of touch with voters when pushing through a vote to abolish Connecticut’s death penalty.

Horrified by the murders, many Connecticut residents stopped counting on the police to protect them. They started arming themselves. Gun stores reported a dramatic surge in sales. Customers were “scared,” said one gun shop owner. Men and women preferred “defense-grade shotguns” because of the relatively short waiting period to buy them — two weeks as opposed to ninety days for a handgun permit, he noted.

Blumenthal’s flip-flop on the death penalty
Most recently, the Cheshire Murders have overshadowed Connecticut’s Senate and gubernatorial races: Democrat candidates — on the defensive due to the Cheshire Murders — are backpedaling from past opposition to the death penalty. One of them is Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Despite having opposed the death penalty for years, he says he now strongly supports it.


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